If you’ve ever wondered about the reliability of your computer, you can get a visual report of how things are going under the hood by using the Reliability Monitor. This tool is a great resource for advanced users to track down any critical events or information from the time Windows was first installed. Each critical event will be marked, showing every crash, freeze and error message, as well as the date and time it happened.
What Is The Reliability Monitor
The Reliability Monitor is an advanced tool that shows hardware and software problems. It also tracks changes to your system, such as updates. It shows a stability index ranging from 1 to 10 (with 10 being the most stable). You can use this index to help determine the reliability of your PC. Any change you make to your computer or problems that arise affects the stability index.
To access the Reliability Monitor report do the following:
- Open the Control Panel and click on System and Security.
- Click on Action Center
- Under the Maintenance drop-down, select “View reliability history.”
You can also simply click the Start button and type “history” into the search box.
In our example, you can see several blue icons that represent informational items, such as updates. You can also see a single Critical event where Explorer.exe stopped responding. Normally, problems will occur and never occur again. When troubleshooting problems with your computer, you’ll want to look for repeated issues so you can narrow down the root cause of the crash. For instance, if you see that a recent Information event is followed by a lot of Critical events, you would know a recent update or change to your system caused the computer to become unstable.
You can sort the report by Days or Weeks, or you can click the “View all problem reports” link at the bottom to reveal all of the problems along with any recommended solutions.
You may not even have realized at the time that these problems occurred.